Leg flexibility

Grace Terrell and Tracey Freier

The next few steps require strength and flexibility.

Beginning with battement (Pronounced Bot-mont), this is essentially a kick to the front, side or back.

Next is arabesque, in which you extend a straight leg to the back and hold.

In that position, you can transition to a penché which is the same position just leaning forward. Being sure to keep your chest lifted and your leg stretched.

From arabesque, slightly bed your leg, while making sure it remains turned out. This position is called attitude. Attitude can be done to the back, side, or front. Attitudes are also used in turns which are simply referred to as attitude turns.